Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Riri Uchida got sick of skiing. It wasn't exciting enough.
Riri Uchida's family had season passes to Ski Ward in Shrewsbury, where they'd quite often hit the slopes for a daying of skiing. Uchida quickly tired of skiing, but would eye the kids who were snowboarding. She wanted to try that, and she did. And she got really good at it. At Copper Mountain in Colorado in April 1, Uchida placed ninth in the USASA National Championships in the slope-style category. Uchida, who is 13, and attends eighth grade at the Melican Middle School, and competed against some 30 other girls in her age group category. "I entered one last year," said Uchida, "and it was the same event, but I didn’t do that well last year." Admittedly, Uchida agrees that it is rare to see girls snowboarding at the local parks. It never …
Friday, April 6, 2012
This student coordinated a fundraising effort to bring the trees back to her school.
Back in December, Maggie Del Re, a fifth grader at the Zeh Elementary School, had that idea that she wanted to replace the trees that had been destroyed outside of her school during the October snowstorm. That idea quickly became a reality, and Del Re coordinated a successful fundraiser that will now bring those trees to her school. With help from classmates and parents, more than $3,000 was raised to purchase trees for the Zeh School. "We are now in the process of picking trees and planning the planting ceremonies," wrote Del Re on her Treez 4 Zeh Facebook page. Del Re said the tree planting will begin on April 22, which is Earth Day. That week, students will participate in helping to plant the trees. A grand finale is planned for April …
Monday, February 13, 2012
When a storm knocked out the trees that lined the front of the Zeh School, one of the students came up with a plan to fix it.
In mid-December, Maggie Del Re, a fifth grader at the Zeh Elementary School, came home with a huge jar and a letter in her hand. She told her mom, Jodi Del Re, that she had an assignment: write a paragraph. That same day, trees that had been destroyed by the October Nor'easter were being pulled from the Zeh property and removed. "They were on her mind," said Jodi, "and she just started writing out this idea to raise money to save the trees." The next day, Maggie turned the assignment in to her teachers, and they, along with the principal and office staff, were so excited and impressed, they handed her a collection jar and told her to "go for it." Maggie handed out the message to other students to give to their parents. "This has been a …
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Fourth grader Abby Barnes has loved horses since she was three years old and is now competing in horse shows.
- Liz Nolan
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Whiz Kid: Abby Barnes, 9 Whiz Kid’s School: Fourth grader at Peaslee School Whiz Kid’s Accomplishment: An upcoming equestrian. Whiz Kid’s Key to Awesomeness: Every little girl seems to fall in love with horses after their first pony ride at a fair. It was no exception for Abby Barnes when she was three years old. “I loved being on a horse,” Abby said. “When I was four or five years old, I took pony classes and now am taking riding lessons.” The Pony Pals class, offered through the Northborough Recreation Department in conjunction with Century Mill Stables in Bolton is what really inspired Barnes to continue with further lessons. She has participated in summer camps at the Stables as well as in her first horse shows this past summer. “I …
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Everyone remembered the events of 9/11 in different ways. Two Algonquin High School students decided to perform the National Anthem at lunch.
- Liz Nolan
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Whiz Kids: Tyler Andrus, 17; Tom Boland, 16 Whiz Kids’ School: Tyler Andrus is a senior and Tom Boland is a junior at Algonquin Regional High School. Whiz Kids’ Accomplishment: These guys started playing and singing the National Anthem in the school cafeteria as a tribute to the victims of 9/11. Whiz Kids’ Key to Awesomeness: It was Friday, Sept. 9, and there were about ten or fifteen minutes left to the first lunch period. Andrus and Boland walked in. Andrus announced to the students and staff in the cafeteria that the upcoming weekend would mark the tenth anniversary of the events of 9/11. He then invited them all to join in as Boland started playing his guitar and he started to sing the National Anthem. “People really responded well,” …
Friday, September 16, 2011
Northborough Patch takes a look at what we covered this past week.
Applefest is this weekend, and there are more events during this one fest than some towns have all year. Check it out. The boys soccer team at Algonquin kicked off a win against the Shrewsbury Colonials this past week. Patch was at the net. Enrollment's up, enrollment's down. It depends on the school. This year's numbers remain somewhat steady from last year, though. This week's Whiz Kid is Zach Youssef, who is not only a Brown Belt, but has a lot more achievements under his belt. Algonquin quarterback Mike Halloran, as our athlete of the week, talks about what pumps him up, and what cools him down. The Conservation Commission determined that SA Farm owner Santo Anza is required to hire a consultant before it is determined if he can …
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Karate, Boy Scouts, Math Team, and Lego Robotics. Zach Youssef has a lot of interests, but remains grounded and focused, while realizing the benefits of his participation in these activities.
Whiz Kid: Zach Youssef, 12 Whiz Kid’s School: Melican Middle School, Seventh Grade Whiz Kid’s Accomplishment: Youssef thrives on setting goals for himself while having fun with some of his favorite extracurricular activities. Whiz Kid’s Key to Awesomeness: Youssef never shies away from challenges and high goals. Youssef started taking karate classes with T. Rose's Uechi-Ryi Karate School about five years ago and is now a brown belt with 3 black stripes. Typically, he attends classes twice a week, but sometimes there are other time constraints that prevent him from attending as regularly as he would like to. “I have learned about self-control, how to work at goals and the importance of being fit and in shape,” he said. He is aiming to …
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Kevin and Tim Reale were born with ice skates on their feet. Well, not really, but they have been skating and playing hockey for years.
Whiz Kids: Kevin Reale, 12; Tim Reale, 15 Whiz Kids’ Schools: Kevin is in seventh grade at Melican Middle School; Tim is a sophomore at Algonquin Regional High School. Whiz Kids’ Accomplishments: Despite the extreme hockey schedules, these two brothers love the game and fit in baseball too. Whiz Kids’ Key to Awesomeness: Speed, power, and teamwork. The three integral things a hockey player must possess. When Tim and Kevin Reale are not watching professional hockey games on television, they are playing for youth teams. Hockey fans run in the Reale family, so it was no surprise that the boys were introduced to skating at an early age. At one point, their father had a rink in their backyard. “It’s exciting and keeps you on your toes,” said …
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
These two high school brothers have quite the musical resume already.
Whiz Kids: Alex Mayhew, 16; Stephen Mayhew, 15 Whiz Kids’ Schools: Alex is a junior and Stephen is a sophomore; both attend Algonquin Regional High School. Whiz Kids’ Accomplishments: Alex is a gifted trombone player, Stephen a talented French horn player. Whiz Kids’ Key to Awesomeness: Auditions, rehearsals, and performances: the life of a musician. Brothers Alex and Stephen Mayhew have been playing musical instruments for years; Alex since fifth grade and Stephen since seventh grade. Although Alex has experience with the guitar and drums, as well as piano, he set his sights on learning the trombone. At the time it was because he liked how the slide looked. Over just a few years he has become quite accomplished. In addition to …
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
At only two years old, Sheanah McStay was bit by the dance bug and has never recovered.
Whiz Kid: Sheanah McStay, 18 Whiz Kid’s School: Freshman, Bridgewater State University Whiz Kid’s Accomplishment: A dancer for life. Whiz Kid’s Key to Awesomeness: “Dance is my life, my therapy, my passion, my everything,” said McStay. “There is not one thing that I don’t like about dance.” At two, dance instruction starts with tap and ballet and classes typically meet once a week. McStay remembers that once a week was just not enough. “I couldn’t wait for class to start and was so happy to turn 7 years old when I was able to take two classes.” She has just about a daily presence at Rhythm Dance Company in Westborough. Nicole Newman Kelley, the owner of the dance studio, has inspired and taught McStay for years. McStay thinks of Kelley as …